With four childless days in Prague (for Betwixmas and New Year’s Eve) I was fully prepared to drink lots of beer (not really my tipple of choice) and eat lots of goulash (not really my food of choice) – however how wrong I was. Instead, I enjoyed the most delicious food throughout our trip – and all at amazingly reasonable prices. The benefits of visiting a European city that doesn’t use the Euro methinks – although I wish someone had told me that before I arrived at Prague airport with a bundle of Euros…
Here are my top 6 eateries (in no particular order) to cater for whatever your taste buds fancy – with every meal costing less than £30 for two including an alcoholic drink or two. However please note that Czech wine is not the best so if beer really isn’t your thing I suggest you push the boat out and go for a nice French or Italian wine to accompany your meal.
As the name suggests this is local food at its best – there is snitzel and there are stews, there is trout and there is fried cheese. And it all tastes delish. Plus they brew their own beer! There are several Lokal’s in Prague – we went to the original one – Dlouhaaa – it is vast, like a huge beer hall, with clattering aplenty and lots of atmosphere.
Café Savoy was recommended by a Czech man who owned an antiques shop. As he was locking up for the night he overheard us discussing (well arguing) about where we should eat (we were dithering as usual…). It was a great recommendation – which indicates to me that maybe there is some point in using a raised voice from time to time… Anyway this is a delightfully refined restaurant with plush interior evoking olden days Czechoslovakia – and it really does have fabulous décor and a fantastic atmosphere. It is the ideal place to go for a weekend brunch – but note that booking is very much recommended. There is a simple menu serving bistro-esque fayre, or a more upmarket a la carte menu – which is more pricey and if you choose food from this one you get a white tablecloth and fancy cutlery with your meal. We ordered a meal from each – and still got the tablecloth – result! The food is French influenced but with some Czech staples (snitzel, potato salad, etc). It also serves some delicious fresh juices and amazing pastries.
It’s a simple concept – a fresh pasta restaurant – but it works really well. It’s a vaulted basement restaurant with a small additional space to eat on the ground floor and the food so fresh and tasty. It’s Italian (as is much of the non-Czech food in Prague) and super tasty. It’s also very handily located close to the main Old Town Square and that pesky clock… I opted for the vegetable lasagna – sounds dull but trust me it was one of the tastiest meals I’ve ever had. As well as fresh pasta (in every shape and form you could ever hope to have) it also serves sumptuous steaks and fabulous fish. Plus the wine is pretty decent!
Siddharat Café at the Buddha Bar Hotel
This Asian-fusion restaurant, moments away from the Old Town Square serves fragrant, tasty, innovative dishes that leave you feeling satisfied but far from bloated. It offers a welcome break from the less spicy, more European offerings – and every dish has a slight twist. Their take on the classic Malaysian street food of nasi goreng was really quite inspired… and don’t even start me on their spring roll selection or the red seafood curry. It’s beautifully decorated with funky and comfy turquoise furniture – and exceptionally polite waiting staff.
Again – if you’re taste buds fancy something a little more exotic then this is the place for you. More lunchtime than nighttime – this charming restaurant is owned and run by traveller types so their dishes are inspired by cuisines from far flung places like North Africa, Indonesia, India, etc. It’s really reasonably priced and the food is great – and served in large portions.
CottoCrudo at the Four Seasons Hotel
This was the push-the-boat-out New Year’s Day celebratory meal and it didn’t disappoint. CottoCrudo is a modern Italian restaurant (and the only restaurant that broke our budget – but this was New Year’s Day and that was the plan). The restaurant itself is very stylish, the staff very attentive, the food exquisite, and the bread basket bountiful! In short it was the perfect restaurant to end our culinary adventure.
This article can’t end without a mention of the ubiquitous Prague street food the Trdelnik (chimney cake) – a sweet treat that is definitely worth a try if you need a quick snack fix.
Read my 7 Don’ts Of Prague to find out what not to do when visiting this fab city.